Twelve Etchings (Douze eaux-fortes)

André Devambez French

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Devambez’s portfolio shows the horrors of war as experienced by soldiers on the front and civilians in occupied areas. The Crazed One, for instance, shows a man gone mad, waving his hands while running through the remnants of a bombed-out town. Devambez often used an elevated vantage point to convey the large number of troops and structures required by the war, the seeming insignificance of each solider, and the vast amount of destruction unleashed. People are shown huddling in the rain, hiding in trenches,shivering in the cold, and dodging shellfire. Women, the elderly, and children are taken hostage, used as human shields, and deprived of food and coal.

Twelve Etchings (Douze eaux-fortes), André Devambez (French, Paris 1867–1944 Paris), Set of 12 etchings with aquatint on vellum

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